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Sylvanian family accessory set 

Published March 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Being part of the “friends of sylvanian families” blogger group means that my girls get sent lots of cute little sylvanian family members and accessories. Of course my son Ryan could play with them too but for obvious reasons; chooses not to. 

Izebella seems to like Sylvanian family’s the most and our most recent product is a little accessory set.


This set contains lots of little accessories which can be used on the sylvanian family characters. There are headbands, jewellery, bags and even sunglasses. Obviously this is just an accessory kit and it would only be bought if you already have Sylvanian family characters.  Izebella has quite a collection of the sweet furry animals and seemed very pleased to have a few more bits to put on them. 

All the parts in the set are really small. I think they will be easily lost and it’s probably best to have some sort of container to put them all in. I have a few boxes for small accessories such as these and other bits such as dolls shoes. 

Some of the headbands can be difficult to get on certain characters as the heads do seem to vary in size. 

There is not much else to say about this, Izebella is happy with it so it’s kept her quiet for a bit. This costs £7.00 which is not too bad. Perhaps a stocking filler for lovers of Sylvanian families. 

Kinetic rock crusher

Published March 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy


If you have children who are familiar with kinetic sand then this set is similar. Kinetic sand being the all new sand that you can mould and shape with minimal mess. This set uses kinetic rock, which does the same thing as the sand, just a gritty rock version.

With the kinetic rock crusher set we got a bag of kinetic rock, a digger truck, cement turning type device, a Lego man, fold out play area and the odd few other small parts.

The box doubles up as a mini cardboard construction site and even has its own sign. The truck needs assembly, the wheels and digger part all need attaching and there is a bucket/tipped which sits on the back of it. 

The little lego type figure is pretty useless. It’s like something found in a kinder egg that you put the arms, legs and head on. The arms constantly fall off and it’s so small that it will easily be lost. 

The kinetic rock does feel rather strange. It is rough and gritty in the hand yet soft enough to squish and mould into shapes. There is one small mould included to make a boulder, would of been nice to have a few more. 

Any moulds made with kinetic rock, or even sand; stays in shape until broken apart. This is the good thing about the kinetic stuff, unlike other sand products it doesn’t get everywhere, (tho it’s not completely mess free) and it stays in the shape you mould it to.

The digger truck can be used to transport the sand just like the real thing. Unfortunately the digger part does have to be moved manually by hand, there is no button and no batteries or controls to operate the truck so it is just a play accessory. The mixer turns by a handle and the rock can be placed inside and churned out, but it does sometimes get stuck. 

This kit is suitable for children aged 3 and over. I was not too sure if this would be Izebellas thing as she is more into dolls, dressing up and girly things rather than digger trucks but she absolutely loves it and always wants it out. 

The rock can get in the carpet and it can stick to socks which gets quite uncomfortable. The best way to pick it up before the hoover gets it is to form a ball of the rock and stick it to the loose bits in the carpet. I do find it comes up fairly easily so the mess is minimal.


As for the price – I have browsed a few online toy stores plus Amazon and the price tends to be the same throughout from £18 – £20. If I’m being totally honest I do think this is slightly overpriced. The bag of kinetic rock is not huge, Izebella will get a few plays from it but the amount gets smaller with each play due to spills. The accessories are all plastic toys which could easily be bought anywhere and the box play scene is just cardboard which won’t last long. If I was to consider buying this set as a present then I think £12.00 would be more reasonable for this. 

Juratoys: Traditional playthings, just how toys are meant to be. 

Published March 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If I cast my mind back to my early childhood, I remember a fair few things. Such as things I did and things I had or didn’t have. When I was little a tablet was something you took when you was unwell. A phone was walking to a phone box or if you was slightly privelaged you may have a home phone attached to the wall. We had a video player eventually but not when I was really young. Listening to music meant placing a needle onto a vinyl disc or putting a cassette tape into a player. There were no mobiles, no games consoles (not until I was slightly older) and toys back then were real toys. Toys without plugs and without the internet and I don’t remember ever being bored playing with the toys I had. 

It’s a shame that things change so much and even children as young as Izebella seem more reliant on technology and devices. So when an opportunity comes along to try out more traditional type toys with my children, it’s always a good thing.

Izebella has been playing with two different toys from Jura toys. The first being a very traditional “old fashioned” style toy for little ones. The Janod story box circus. 

It contains 19 pieces in total, all of which are made from solid wood. It includes many familiar circus characters and props, including – elephant, tiger, clown, trapeze artists, ring master and even a monkey on a unicycle. 

There are no rules to play by, it is purely up to the child to use their imagination to create their own circus. 

All the pieces stand up and the sturdy strong box is also used as part of play as well as being used to store all the parts. The pieces are all really colourful and well designed. The horse even fits a rider and characters balance on the high beam. 

Izebella really likes her new circus set. She has been to a real circus show and remembers it well. She puts on voices for the characters and moves them all around.

This really does remind me of the type of toys I had when I was her age. 

This set costs about £21 and is currently selling over on Amazon.
As it’s almost Easter (next month), Izebella has also had an early Easter gift in the form of a very cuddly rabbit.


Our new cuddly bunny friend is the Kaloo rouge sandy beige rabbit. It comes in a few sizes and rabbit is very cuddly and fluffy and makes a good bedtime companion for Izebella. 

Cuddly toys always seem to make my little girl happy. It’s a good job she is soon upgrading her toddler bed to bunk beds so she has more room to put her new cuddly bunny, she does like him to have his own cover and little pillow at night time and she has named him “Mr Bunny”. 

Kaloo rabbit toys are also being sold on Amazon as well as a few other places and start from £20.00.

Leapfrog Leapstart 

Published March 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Leapfrog products are all about learning whilst having fun. Izebella has already had and enjoyed a fair few different toys from Leapfrog and her latest one is the Leapstart.


Leapstart looks like a chunky plastic folder. With Leapstart comes one sample book with many more available to buy. Leapstart can be played without the books too as the inside of Leapstart is also interactive. 

The interactive pen is attached to the Leapstart device which saves it being lost as this is required for all the activities. 

The activity books are spring coil binder and clip into the middle of the device like this. 

There are many activities across the book pages and each one can be started by pressing the green star squares. Almost everything on each page is interactive with the pen in some way even if it’s just a beep or a sound. There is a guide voice which tells Izebella what to do and also a hint button but she is able to work most of it out herself. 

The books come in four levels – nursery, pre school, reception and year 1. There are two Leapstart devices available too for 4 and under and 5 and over. 

The books cover many subjects and Izebella really enjoys them. Shapes, colours, numbers, alphabet, animals, routines, science and much more comes packed into the books. Izebella doesn’t even realise she’s learning as she just has fun with it. 


I think it’s a perfect gift for pre schoolers and younger children. Leapstart costs about £35.00 and the extra books about £10 each one. 

Aquabeaders bracelet set

Published February 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Jordanna is now really getting the hang of the aquabeaders sets and tends to attempt to make something most days. She has literally hundreds, probably thousands of the tiny beads in her sets and yes they get everywhere but it seems to keep her busy.


She’s had a few sets and refill packs and her latest one this month is the bracelet set. Yes who would of guessed that bracelets can be made with aquabeads. The bracelet set is a small refill pack costing just a few pounds but it does contain hundreds of coloured beads, a few templates and a bracelet to put the finished dried bead creations on. 


Because of the included bracelet, this set is a little different to what she had had before. The concept is the same, she follows a template with coloured beads, sprays water and leaves to set. 

Once set the aquabeader bracelet creation can be attached to the included bracelet. However this can get really tricky as it needs to be really dry and well stuck or they just fall apart as Jordanna found a few times. But! the whole idea seems good.  Not all the designs have to go on the bracelet either as only one is included so there are other rather pretty templates to create. 


As it’s a refill kit, anyone using it will need one of the aquabeaders trays which come as bigger sets usually as the trays have tiny wholes which the templates fit under and beads go on top.  Once you have the tray, there are many themed refill packs to choose from and for just a few pound, this is a pretty good bargain which little girls will love making. 

L.O.L Surprise dolls 

Published February 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My girls have so many collectable figures, and now those figures have a new addition. It’s a tiny doll which comes in a ball full of surprises. This is bound to be the latest collectable craze – The L.O.L surprise dolls.


They come  as a ball, wrapped in many layers of plastic, a little too much plastic perhaps for a toy such as this. In fact there are 7 layers to peel off. The reason being is that underneath each layer is a little surprise such as stickers, doll shoes, clothes, accessories etc. 


Both my girls got their own LOL surprise ball and kept unwrapping and unwrapping until they found there big surprise which is buried inside the ball. 

There are 45 different dolls to find and obviously my girls did not know which one they would get until they unwrapped all the layers off. 

Each doll ball comes with stickers and different accessories and once the doll is found, the ball becomes a multi use accessory too. The doll can be kept inside the ball and the ball carried like a little bag, or the doll can stand up inside it like this!


Or put water inside them to give the dolls a bath. 

The dolls cost £8.00 each. The cost could get fairly high if my girls want to collect them all.


Like most collectable figures there are limited edition/special dolls to find and collect. I think this alone will make my girls ask for another one.

My girls like them, it’s probably not something I would rush out and buy as it would be £16.00 for 2 small dolls alone. However I do think they would make good stocking fillers for girls. There is a lot of plastic left over at the end, maybe a bit too much when we have more than one. The dolls themselves seem good quality and strong and durable enough to be played with. 

The recommended age is 3 and over. Lots of small parts and accessories with these which can easily be lost. Buy from most good toy stores.

We did attempt an unwrapping video, which did not turn out too great as Izebella found the unwrapping a little tricky, but here it is. 

Zomlings (series 5)

Published January 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Zomlings come from the same company who bought us our Star monsters many months ago – Magic box toys. Although zomlings are now on series 5, I have never actually heard of them. So… just what are they? 


Well as the name sort of suggests, they are zombie type figures, and the sort that can be collected and swapped between friends. Unlike our usual figure collections which happen to be cute and girly, these are a little different being squishy and a little weird. However I can still see them being highly collectible with the addition of the ultra rare collectable figures and vehicles.

I have given the Zomlings pack to Ryan. The girls have more than enough collected figures and these do seem more of a thing a boy would like. 


These are what you get with zomlings. It is mostly “blind” packs meaning it’s a surprise figure each time. The big book type item is a zomlings town map.

Each zomling has a name and a guide comes included. Many of the zomlings come with a veichle or a house of some sort. These include police cars, fire trucks, towers, police stations and ice cream shops. The idea is to build the town on the map and collect all the figures. 

The shiny metallic items are the more rare and more collectible pieces.

Zomlings series 5 figures will be in most supermarkets and stores that sell this type of product from tomorrow (February 1st) They don’t cost too much either,starting under one pound for the smallest packs. 

Sylvanian goat family

Published January 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is our latest and rather cute Sylvanian family set and this time it’s a goat family with 4 members.

After doing a little research on the internet I have found out that this particular family is known as “The Brightfield Goat family”;  yes all the character sets  come with family names. There is Father Billy, Mother Nancy, Sister Mandy and Baby Jenny. 

Father Billy is a postman, hence the blue bag, Mother Nancy loves to sew and make cushions for the nursery, Mandy likes reading and writing and baby Jenny enjoys trips to the park and going to nursery. Each Sylvanian character comes with its own role and personality too. 

As always Izebella was happy to add more Sylvanian characters to her ever expanding collection of these adorable, sweet, furry animal figures and she had only had them minute before their clothes came off and got swapped around (something she loves to do).

A Sylvanian family set such as this goat family will cost between £10-£16 depending on store. 

Sylvanian families are collectible figures which have been around for decades. It’s one of those toys that will probably be around for ever and it’s easy to see why, they are very cute and appealing. Many toy stores and supermarkets will stock various Sylvanian family products.

New num noms are here 

Published January 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Look at this happy little face! 


She’s happy because the new series of num noms have arrived. Izebella absolutely loves these tiny plastic collectables. I have even bought her a special large box just to keep them in.


These are Num noms series 3, and I’m thinking we made need a bigger box soon if many more series follow these. Series 3 seems to be all about sweets and candy type food stuff and it’s okay that they aren’t so healthy because kids aren’t eating them but collecting, stacking and playing instead. 


Like previous series these come as collectable blister packs and the blind “surprise” boxes and a full collectors sheet of each num nom in this series. The new additions this time are the eraser noms.

As well as the new series 3, Izebella also now has some of the brand new num nom lights.

These can be stacked and played with in the same way as regular num noms but they light up too. Izebella got 2 blind boxes and both contained one of the rarer special edition lights.

Again happy faces all round! 

Buy num noms from most good toy stores and supermarkets, prices vary. 

Tsum tsums for Xmas 

Published December 22, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Izebella received a little package the other day right before Christmas containing more loveable collectable figures called Tsum Tsums which is pronounced Zoom zooms.

She already had a few of them from the first series release and now has some from the new series 3.

The series 3 figures come with a metallic shine and again all based on Disney characters. There are four in her pack but one is hidden and a bit of a surprise for her to find.

The Tsum Tsum tin is actually a special edition Christmas product. A really nice touch which contains 6 more Tsum tsums inside. These are all pretty recognisable well known characters too.

The tin is a lovely bonus by itself for Izebella as she now has a place to store all her Tsum tsums and keep them separate from her other small toys and bits. 

Tsum tsums come from Zuru toys and can be purchased from most toy stores and Amazon. They start from about £5.00 and include many accessories and pack sizes.

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